2016 has seen some really good and bad gear come to life. This year also had its share of a few interesting announcements, some of which could make 2017 even more interesting. Here are some announcements that happened this year which might make a huge splash in the photography world for next year.
DxO ONE Camera – Point and Shoot Killer?
Every year smartphones get equipped with better internal cameras and every year less people buy point and shoot cameras. A few years ago Sony came out with the DSC-QX series in order to capitalize or create a new market; those that want the convenience of a smartphone and the optical quality of a point and shoot.
DxO seems to be building upon this new segment that Sony created with their new DxO ONE camera. The concept is still the same, create a high-resolution camera without a screen so that the user can just plug in their own phone (Sony’s is wireless). Here are some specs:
Right now the DxO ONE camera is only compatible with the iPhone. They may however create an Android compatible version in the future. I suspect they want to see how popular the camera will be before investing time and money into the Android platform. Will the DxO ONE camera take off? Or will it be a major sales flop like the Sony QX100/QX1?
Relonch Camera and Photo Editing Service
Pressing the shutter button on a camera is only half the process of making a good image. From the very moment photography was invented photos needed to be developed out of the darkroom. Sure, there’s Polaroid film but even that had a developing process built in. Today with digital photography, a digital image is captured in the camera and edited in some sort of software package like Photoshop or Lightroom in order to give it life. This is where Relonch comes in. For a fee of $1 per image you get to borrow a camera with no settings. It literally has just one button, the shutter. You shoot what you want and then the 4G connection automatically transfers the captured images to their servers. Edited images are shown in a gallery a day later. You choose the images you want to keep for $1 each.
Compact Medium Format is the New Full Frame
A few months ago I had mentioned Hasselblad’s new 50-megapixel medium format camera. Fuji has also jumped into the medium format camera segment with the announcement of the Fuji GFX 50S camera.
The GFX 50S represents a new, compact-mirrorless medium format camera segment. I’ve owned a full-frame camera for almost five years now and the only thing keeping me from going to a medium format camera is the price. Hasselblad and Phase One cameras can fetch price tags in the $20K, $30K and up price range. This new Fuji GFX 50S is said to be priced below $10K.